Kenyan university launches robotics, embedded, systems and digital lab


The need for intelligent products and technologies has seen continuous growth in the world today with demand growing as needs change around the world.

To address this, Riara University has launched robotics, embedded systems and digital lab that is going to enhance the studies of students at the University while equipping them with the necessary skills needed for the ever-changing job market.

UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

The robotics laboratory answers to the need of the Fourth Industrial Revolution which is characterized by the convergence of breakthrough technologies – such as advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, virtual and augmented reality, wearables and additive manufacturing – which allows individuals to use connected technology to enhance and manage their lives.

This comes at a time when the world has committed to the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda where there will be an increased demand for more environmentally-friendly and socially responsible products.

Some of the challenges being addressed include the use of intelligent controls to ensure reduced energy consumption or electric cars to reduce greenhouse gases and air pollutants.

“Therefore, the launch of this lab is geared towards the achievement of the sustainable development goals by equipping the students with the skills they require in order to work towards making the world a better and safer place,” said a statement from the institution.

Communications services provider Airtel has been instrumental in supporting the project with Airtel’s Managing Director, Prasanta Das Sarma saying that the company is embracing the future.

“Airtel as a technology company understands that the use and adaptation of the rapidly changing technological advancements in the education sector are impossible to ignore. Therefore, we are happy to partner and collaborate with like-minded institutions such as Riara University that share the same vision of empowering the youth through availing technological solutions that not only enrich their lives but also those of the communities that they come from.”

Riara University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Robert Gateru said that the lab will also be instrumental in equipping the youth within our neighbourhood with the requisite skills to be even more productive.

“Riara University is located right next to Kibera, where many youths work in industries that could benefit immensely from robotics and automation. This is well-aligned with Riara University’s core purpose of “Empowering Lives; Impacting Communities”.”

The Robotics, Embedded Systems and Digital laboratory will play a central role in driving the conversation on youth empowerment and enhancing positive impact in the society through the adaptation and use of technology.

ICT and Kenya’s 2022 GDP growth

ICT will help Kenya achieve its 2022 GDP growth ambition with cutting-edge digital tools playing a key role to advance manufacturing, job creation and economic development.

Kenya is a celebrated African tech hub, renowned for exemplary innovations across various sectors – from finance to transport, education and general commerce.

Consequently, it has earned its place on the global map as a hotbed of pioneering digital ideas and implementations.

Underpinning all this is access to reliable internet and internet-enabled solutions.

Read: The future of Tech Industry in Africa looks bright

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